While Le squelette joyeux (The Merry Skeleton) is more lighthearted fun with little-to-no scares [to us modern viewers], with it the Lumiere brothers lay the groundwork for using special effects to create monster movie magic, which has advanced a tad in the 100+ years since.
In fact, only 3 years later, Frederick Armitage successfully transported the skeleton away from the static black background and onto a pirate ship at sea for Davey Jones’ Locker. The next thing you know, Davy Jones is raising hell in a Disney movie setting sail towards $1 billion dollars, literally. Thanks, Lumiere brothers!
June 21, 2012 — chrisgiddens
This film, like yesterday’s, is also not considered to be the 1st slapstick movie…but in this case, I’m not exactly sure why. Perhaps this is due to the physical comedy occurring only in an unexpected (and extreme) manner, but not not in an unexpected setting? I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the matter.
April 19, 2012 — chrisgiddens
An early example of a hand-tinted film, where each frame was painted and which always contain an air of
Music performed by Billy Duncan for Change Before Going Productions.
April 18, 2012 — chrisgiddens
Amazingly successful, albeit painful, surgical procedures. Please do not cry.
April 16, 2012 — chrisgiddens
Slightly odd little piece that holds a bit more significance due to its unique attempt at copyright (watch the bottom-right starting at 0:21).
April 13, 2012 — chrisgiddens